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Old 11-12-2001, 03:10 PM   #4
Dojo: Aikido Center of South Texas
Location: Houston,Tx
Join Date: Sep 2001
Posts: 151
The throw appears fake, because it seems that uke is taking a fall for nage before uke is being touched.

In a full committed attack, an irimi technique can lead to a seriously ugly fall, or the ukemi may be difficult for that particular technique. Uke realizes this and trys to avoid a full irimi technique by going to the fall or ukemi before nage is able to unleash a full body force irimi. To the innocent bystander it appears that uke is falling on his own, and he is - but uke falls to avoid a powerful technique that is coming!

It should go without saying that this is probably more often done by a student who has been studying the art for a while. A newbie will probably unwittingly take the full force and quickly learn why you'd want to take a fall before the technique!
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